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Tressi L. Cordaro

Principal
Washington, D.C. Region

P 703-483-8300
F 703-483-8301
Tressi.Cordaro@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Tressi L. Cordaro is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies.

Ms. Cordaro has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.

Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.

Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.

In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.

Honors and Recognitions

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking (2005)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

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March 20, 2017
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Tressi Cordaro Discusses OSHA’s Record Keeping Requirements Under Injury and Illness Rule

March 20, 2017

Tressi Cordaro discusses the future of electronic record keeping requirements under OSHA’s Injury and Illness Rule in "EHS on Tap: E19 Update on Electronic Recordkeeping, Anti-Retaliation under OSHA’s Injury and Illness Rule," published by HR.BLR.com. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

December 21, 2016
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Tressi Cordaro Discusses OSHA Ruling on Recording Employee Injuries and Illnesses

December 21, 2016

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA rule stating employers have a continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness for five years in "OSHA rule stresses maintaining injury and illness records," published by Business Insurance.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

December 9, 2016
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Tressi Cordaro Comments on President-elect Donald Trump Selecting Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary

December 9, 2016

Tressi Cordaro comments on President-elect Donald Trump nominating fast food executive Puzder to head the Department of Labor in "Safety community reacts to Trump's pick for labor secretary," published by BLR. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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March 15, 2017

Mine Safety Agency to Award Up to $1 Million in Grants for Education, Training

March 15, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration will award up to $1 million in new grants for education and training programs to help identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions at mines in the United States as part of a plan in place since 2006.   The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 established the... Read More

February 8, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Announces Final Rule for Examination of Working Places in Metal, Nonmetal Mines

February 8, 2017

Examinations of working places should be conducted before miners begin work in those places and miners should be notified of hazardous conditions found during examinations, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced in a final rule amending existing standards to improve the quality of working place examinations in metal and... Read More

November 29, 2016

Record Low Number of Mining Deaths in Fiscal Year 2016, Mine Safety Agency Reports

November 29, 2016

Fiscal year 2016 saw a record low number of mining deaths, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has reported. The agency also continues to encourage the mining community “to reach zero mining deaths.” MSHA reported that in FY 2016, 24 miners died at the more than 13,000 mines in the country. This is the lowest number... Read More

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April 5, 2017 - 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM CST
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April 5, 2017 - 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM CST
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OSHA’s Volks Rule Overturned by Congressional Review Act
March 22, 2017

Late today, the Senate voted 50-48 to adopt H.J. Res 83, nullifying OSHA’s rule “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness,” informally referred to as the “Volks” rule. Read More

EHS on Tap – Update on OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule
March 20, 2017

I recently had the chance to participate in a podcast for BLR’s EHS on Tap…listen in as we discuss the status of OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping rule.… Continue Reading Read More

Beryllium Final Rule’s Effective Date on Hold Again
March 1, 2017

OSHA has announced a second proposed delay in the effective date of the Occupational Exposure to Beryllium standard.  The final rule was published on January 9, 2017, but following the White House’s January 24, 2017 memorandum “Implementation of Regulatory Freeze,” OSHA delayed the effective date until March 21, 2017.  The memorandum dire Read More